The Best Songs of 2013


‘Twas an excellent year for music, and this list is a doozy. I made a Spotify and Rdio playlist in hopes that those who can’t access Spotify might be able to listen as I didn’t have the means to make it available to download. So I apologize if you can’t access the embedded playlists at the bottom of this post!

I noticed a running theme of this being an overall more mellow list than years past – not sure if it was just my mood or music in general? And much like last year, it was a lot about singular songs for me this year – some of these songs were on albums I really didn’t love overall, but absolutely loved that particular song. If I had to pick my top five albums for the year, I’d say this: Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel, James Blake – Overgrown, Rhye – Woman, Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze, Jenny O. – Automechanic.

This list is in no particular order, enjoy!

Fiona Apple – Every Single Night
Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Day
Au Revoir Simone – Somebody Who
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – War Zone
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Janelle Monáe – Givin Em What They Love [feat. Prince]
Nine Inch Nails – Copy of a
Superhumanoids – So Strange
Psapp – Wet Salt
Cate le Bon – Are You With Me Now?
Jenny O. – Get Lost
Camera Obscura – This Is Love (Feels Alright)
Colette – When the Music’s Loud
Kanye West – Blood On The Leaves
Pickwick – Lady Luck (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
Big Black Delta – Love You This Summer
Alpine – Hands
Ducktails – The Flower Lane
Iron And Wine – Low Light Buddy of Mine
James Blake – Retrograde
Low – Plastic Cup
Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
Devendra Banhart – Für Hildegard von Bingen
Rhye – The Fall
Local Natives – Breakers
Toro Y Moi – Harm In Change
The Knife – A Tooth for an Eye
David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Neko Case – Night Still Comes
Of Montreal – Obsidian Currents
Mutual Benefit – Strong River
Broken Bells – Holding On for Life
AOP feat. Sophia Knapp – The Beggar
David Lynch & Lykke Li – I’m Waiting Here – Bonus Track
Braids – Hossak
Midlake – The Old And The Young
Bonzie – Convert
Andrew Bird – Ethio Invention no. 1



Thank you all so much for supporting my weekly music posts! I know I may not always share the most unique music finds, but being told I cheered someone up or made their day with sharing a song they loved really makes me so happy. It’s the one reoccurring feature I’ve stuck with for that reason and my love and need for music in my life.

Next I’ll be sharing my favorite photos of 2013! And then later, some reflecting and future goals.